lusikka (7819) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2013
330 ml bottle.tiong (7513) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Pours a black colour with a small white head. Aroma of toasted malts, biscuit, wood and strong herbal notes. Rich flavour of strong herbs, biscuit, oak, alcohol, raisins and residual sugar. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a warming alcohol finish with loads and loads of herbal notes. I liked the port version a lot more than this.
330ml bottle from Bierkompassswoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Vertical with Back Room (Port version) - Pours dark reddish brown with a small bubbly head. Aroma of vinous notes, berries, caramely malts, sweet syrup and wood. Taste is sweet, sticky, malty and woody with notes of berries, vinous notes, syrup and caramely toffee. Finish is sweet, syrupy and woody with hints of vinous berries. A lot more heavier and sweeter than the port version.
bottle sample at The Festival. caramel orange colored pour, fuller mouthfeel. Wonderful rich maltiness, touch of dark fruits. Really enjoyable. boozy yet elegant. Very nice Inbreak (6402) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 28.06.2013, 0,33l bottle @ Tørst / 22.06.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ The Festival Portland Maine:reebtogi (6341) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
Small brown bubbly mediumlasting head. (At the festival: no head, looks very cloudy) Aroma is rich and sweet, dark malts, toffee, salty caramel, dark sugar, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, raisins, licorice, tangerine. Taste is sweet and slightly concentrated, dark malts, salty caramel, raisins, dark sugar, cocoa, oak, licorice, vanilla. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Damn this was good shit! A nice barleywine, madeira, licorice and bourbon barrel aging perfect mixed in one beer!? How can it get much better than that!?
330ml bottle pours a deep amber brown color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some yeast and smoke. Taste is a fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness with a smoky finish. Medium to heavy body with light carbonation. A nicely done barley wine that is worth checking out.
tom10101 (6223) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). From kbudd19, thanks man! Dark reddish brown with a small ring of beige foam and no lacing. Aroma is sweet with grapes, plums, molasses, caramel, boozy, raisins, winey notes and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with grapes/raisins, dark fruits (mostly plums, but also dark cherries), molasses, caramel, chocolate, port-like notes and a warming finish. Medium/full body. Low carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. I prefered the Back Room to this one. A little to sweet and boozy, which doesn’t help the balance. Quite complex. Good barrel-aged Barley Wine. Pyrmir (6196) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma of plums, vinous alcohol, caramel, roasted notes and bread. Taste is malty, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, vinous alcohol, wood. Long lingering finish. NIce superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2015
330 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy dark brown color with a minimal head and a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Some lingering wisps of bubbles on the surface, with some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, date, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, toast, oak, light red wine, and toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, date, toffee, vanilla, toast, chocolate, oak, red wine, and oak/toasted earthiness. Some light tannic wine/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, fig, date, vanilla, toast, chocolate, oak, red wine, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English Barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. DiarmaidBHK (5648) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours brown with a very thin khaki head. Smells of red wine and molasses. Diesel on the tongue with some wood notes to round of the flavor. Finish lingers. not a big fan of the style and this one seems typical of it. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Beaux fruits liquoreux dans une sauce riche en malts. Le vin d’orge d’un vieux continent sur cette terre des Amériques. Réglisse, caramel, mélasse, chocolat, noisettes, cerises, raisins, prunes, figues, dattes. Superbe texture veloutée. Finale capiteuse et pluridimensionnelle. Qualité et excellence.